Whether it be umpiring, coaching, scoring, helping out in the canteen, looking after the equipment or the myriad of behind the scenes jobs that no one sees but which keep the MSA ticking along we are appreciative of the time, effort and love you put into the game.
It is with sadness that Melbourne Softball Association advises the passing of our esteemed Life Member, Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray.
Bob has been a stalwart of our sport working with a passion for Melbourne Softball and the wider softball community throughout Victoria.
Bob was actively involved, predominantly as an umpire from 1968 to 2014, and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, as a valued member of our Fawkner Park community.
We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Vi, children Brian, Judy, Jamie, Ellen, Owen, and their families and also to his friends.
Rest in peace Bob
Funeral details will be advised when they are known.
Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray
Bob began his involvement in softball in regional Victoria, Hamilton, alongside his wife Violet (Vi) in 1968. Then followed a time at Geelong Softball Association and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, with Melbourne Softball Association.
Whilst Bob was a registered member at Melbourne he willingly gave his time to many softball events throughout Victoria.
Bob along with his wife Vi have, in his time, assisted at all tournaments Melbourne has hosted including Round Robins, Victorian Championships, Australasian Public Sector Games, and Australian Corporate Games. They have also worked at various National Championships that have been hosted by Softball Victoria and many Victorian Championships hosted by Softball Victoria’s affiliated associations.
He has umpired at many of the aforementioned events and has also been seen on softball diamonds for Melbourne’s summer and winter competitions and various summer associations’ competitions over the years.
Bob has been a great ambassador for our sport. Wherever you found Bob you would find him interacting with fellow umpires, coaches, players and administrators willingly assisting, mentoring and or supporting them.
Bob was awarded Life Membership of Melbourne Softball Association in 2007.
He has been recoginised by Softball Victoria presenting him with the Merle Short Service Award for service to softball and Softball Australia presenting their service award. Softball Australia also recognised him for more than 25 years of service as an umpire.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Bob’s family and friends.
We finally made it! After a hectic few weeks of fielding enquiries from players new and old, running two very successful come and try days and having over 50 new players register we are on the home stretch towards to the start of the season.
The draws are finalised, we’ve found teams for the aforementioned new players and can now settle down into the fun part of it all, getting onto the diamond and enjoying summer softball.
All the competition information can be (or at least should be, hit us up if we’ve missed anything) found in the Slowpitch menu on the website. From draws to ladders to rules to the weather policy it’s all there.
Direct links can also be found at the following. Please have a read through, in particular the weather policy
After a few years in representative team wilderness the MSA decided to put its brightest and best on the diamond at Memorial Shield, an annual tournament run by Werribee Softball Association at President’s Park.
With a solid squad we were hopeful of doing well, but I think even we were surprised by how well we played, all the while managing to have fun, strengthening a few friendships and forging even more.
We got through day 1 undefeated with solid wins against Doveton, FSA Braves and a win from behind against Woodville. Our bats were slow to start swinging, but our tight infield, some great pitching and our speedy outfield meant we weren’t overly troubled. Day 2 saw the two B grade pools take on each other and once again good hitting and solid fielding saw us comfortably through to the grand final.
It looked like another slow start was on the cards in the first innings with two outs early in the order, unfortunately for the Southern Knights we rallied in spectacular fashion and put on twelve runs to give ourselves what was to be an unassailable lead. It was 15-0 at the end of three and victory to the MSA.
Results (apologies if I have the exact scores wrong, working from memory here)
Melbourne 9 def Doveton 0
Melbourne 11 def FSA Braves 0
Melbourne 5 def Woodville 3
Melbourne 7 def Tees 21’s 3
Melbourne 5 def Kotuku 0
Melbourne 15 def Southern Knights 0
Melbourne Softball is pleased to advise that we are entering an OPEN WOMEN’S REPRESENTATIVE TEAM to compete in the annual MEMORIAL SHIELD hosted by Werribee Softball Association.
The tournament is to be held at Werribee’s facilities at President’s Park on the weekend of September 17 & 18, 2016.
We now seek expressions of interest from PLAYERS, to participate at the Memorial Shield :- nominations close 12th August.
COACH, ASSISTANT COACH, STATISTICIAN, MANAGER, UMPIRE and SELECTORS are also sought for this team. nominations close 9th August.
Players, Coaches and Selectors should note that selection trials have been set for Sunday 14 August from 10.00am to 12noon and attendance is required.
It should also be noted that a commitment for the full two days of the tournament is essential. Games may be fixtured between 8am – 6p.
Tournaments such as the Memorial Shield are a great opportunity for members to extend their softball skills whilst enjoying a great experience proudly representing and playing for Melbourne Softball.
Any interested person should fill in the form below or seek a nomination form from the clubrooms, complete and lodge with the Competition Manager by the relative due date.
NO SOFTBALL at FAWKNER PARK
NEXT SUNDAY as it’s the
QUEENS BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND
but there are teams from throughout Victoria will migrate to Shepparton for the weekend to participate in the annual VICTORIAN SOFTBALL MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Members of Melbourne’s softball community will participate…
VICSENS, MELBOURNE WARRIORS and EASTERN RAIDERS will compete and numerous players and officials will join other teams playing in the championships.
Umpires will also make the trek.
All involved in SOFTBALL at FAWKNER PARK will cheer them on
from afar and wish them a great tournament
Through its members and engagement in community activities, the MSA has a long standing connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Flags are raised at Fawkner Park during the Metro League Season, in recognition of key dates, such as National Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC, to pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as raising awareness to contribute towards closing the gap/reconciliation.
National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. National Sorry Day provides an opportunity nationwide for all Australians to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.
It’s National Volunteer Week and the MSA would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all the volunteers who come together to ensure that year after year we are a strong, vibrant community. We have our trials and tribulations, and who doesn’t want to stay in bed on a wild and woolly Sunday morning in Winter, but at the end of the day we do it because we are passionate about our sport and we strive to make it better.
So give thanks to those around your club and association that put their hand up to make it possible for you to get on the diamond each week and enjoy the game you love.